Monday, April 13, 2009

We're Really Good at Making Fools of Ourselves


Enjoy :)

General Conference Apr '09

We <3 General Conference with all our <3s!!!!
We got Saturday afternoon tickets... it was fantastic.
And you have to love the Conference Center in its ridiculous vastness.
Oh, and we were seated behind the ASL video screen. All that sign-languaging was somewhat distracting, but so awesome!
We could almost make out the General Authorities' faces!
After Conference, we headed for some grub at Sizzlers with my aunt, Christine, and Sara's madre (she had a psychology conference there, so we met up on Friday, which was awesome). Kayla, me, Sara, and Anny had to cram in the back. It was quite cozy.
Anny flew into Idaho Falls the day before Conference, so we picked her up on the way to SLC and she stayed with us all week long and drove home with me!
Then, Saturday night - the traditional midnight stroll around Temple Square... along with some girly picture-taking.

Remember Kaylie?
From my first semester?
Well, our little darling met up with us Saturday night for some excitement! She's going to need some excitement before being sealed for time and all eternity in August. What a traitor.
Pff... I'm so sure.
No worries folks! I REALLY don't plan on getting engaged ANY time soon!!! Honestly, I will be trying my darndest!!!
Saturday, Kris, Leslie, Isaac, and unborn baby-girl came up! It was awesome to hang out with them!
It was an amazing weekend! Got to hang out with my favorite girlies. Got to meet Sara's mom, who is rocking-awesome, in case you were wondering. Got to play with Isaac-man. Kris fed us crepes. Got to hang out with Leslie and her cute-pregnant self! Got to spend time with Aunt Christine (honestly, one of my very favorite women in the whole world!), we talked a ton, ate a good amount, she spoiled us, and the girls and I just fell in love with her even more (thank you thank you thank you, Aunt Christine)!!! And of course, we got to receive some guidance, counsel, and love from the prophets and other general authorities.

Friday, April 3, 2009

Ciera Darling...

Happy Birthday!!!

The roomies and I made this special video for your special day. I hope you enjoy. I also hope that your day is spectacular!!

Love you!!

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Crime Awareness

The Developing World
This is one of my favorite classes. It has been so enlightening and informational. In this class, we learn about and study the underdeveloped/third-world countries. We were put into groups and the chose a specific country. My group chose El Salvador, so that is where our focus has been all semester. For a wrap-up, our final assignment is to develop an action plan within a specific area that is lacking attention and aid. We chose to attempt to raise the awareness of crime. Crime is such a huge problem in El Salvador. There still exists much unrest due to the 12-year civil war, which ended in 1992. The government, economy, and every-day life for citizens has been improving considerably, but there is still much to be done. There is a substantial amount of gang activity within El Salvador. Without very effective law enforcement and with the corruption that exists in the Salvadoran government, there is much support and assistance needed. Our goal is to raise awareness of the strife and brutality which presides in this beautiful and culturally-rich country. Please take a couple of minutes to watch our video and perhaps pass it on. Thanks!

If you want to know how to help the people in the developing world (and in a really simple way, too), you should check out my previous post :)

How to Change a Life

In my Developing World class, our instructor introduced us to an amazing concept, which I had never before heard.
It's brilliant. People like you and me lend money to people in the developing world.
To further understand this, watch this.
This is such an amazing way to give, without even giving that much in the end (because you eventually get it back).
Kiva is an incredible connection to those in need of assistance. Our professor has a Kiva account with some other professors at the school. While in class, he pulled up his account on Kiva and lent out $50 right then and there. It's so simple. I would encourage anyone and everyone to join in this awesome epidemic.